Being wrongly imprisoned for any reason can have a devastating effect on a person’s psychological and emotional well-being; if an accident or injury is suffered by an individual while they are unjustly incarcerated, they may require wrongful imprisonment accident counselling to help get their life back to normal.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we have helped thousands of people who have been injured through no fault of their own – including individuals who have suffered accidental injuries while they were wrongfully imprisoned – file successful claims for compensation. If you feel that you have sufficient grounds to claim compensation, call us today and let our personal injury solicitors start to work on getting you the compensation you deserve.
The impact of wrongful imprisonment
The Prison Service has a legal duty to maintain a safe and habitable environment for inmates at all times. This duty involves ensuring that prison buildings and their contents are well maintained, and that prisoners’ working conditions meet the necessary Health and Safety standards. A great deal of the work that prisoners carry out during the course of their incarceration is physical in nature, and can lead to horrific accidents if the correct procedures and safety precautions are not adhered to at all times.
Research has shown that being wrongfully convicted and imprisoned will, in many cases, result in serious, long-lasting emotional trauma and psychological damage which can manifest as any of several severe conditions including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and premature ageing. Being injured in an accident while wrongfully imprisoned can exacerbate these conditions, and lead to insomnia and nightmares, flashbacks, panic attacks, and an inability to function normally.
If you are suffering from these or any other mental health issues as a result of an accident that occurred whist you were wrongfully imprisoned it is absolutely vital that you get appropriate treatment as soon as possible. While there are counselling services available free of charge on the NHS, the waiting lists can be quite long and – depending on the precise nature of your issues – any delay in getting counselling could have severe consequences..
Making a claim for compensation
If you have been advised to seek the help of a private counsellor after an accident which happened whilst you were wrongfully imprisoned, you may be able to claim compensation for the cost of your wrongful imprisonment accident counselling and other medical expenses associated with your injuries. You may also be able to claim compensation for lost earnings as the result of being unable to work due to your accident, as well as any other financial losses you may have suffered.
For a compensation claim to be successful you will need to provide evidence that a third party was to blame for the accident in which you were injured, and in most cases that accident will need to have occurred within the past three years. You will also need to retain any invoices you have paid for private medical treatment, as well as for your counselling sessions.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that specializes in personal injury law, and we have been helping people make successful claims for compensation since the year 2000. Our specialist team of solicitors are dedicated to getting people the compensation they deserve and work on a no win, no fee* basis, which means that there are no upfront costs. If you have been injured through no fault of your own, call our 24-hour helpline and let us go to work for you; the call is free so you have nothing to lose, and there is potentially a great deal for you to gain.
Date Published: October 18, 2014
Author: David Brown